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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

DJ Protocol - Sanctuary & Fastrack Hardcore Anthems Part 2 (2023)

I've been quiet for roughly a week, but that's because I've been busy. But don't you worry, son. I'm back with a mix you really should check out, if you are into UK Hardcore, and remember the golden years of Milton Keynes raving. Unfortunately, even though I live only a few miles outside of MK, I've never been raving in MK. Especially during the heydays of UK Hardcore. DJ Protocol's mix contains records from the awesome years during which UK Hardcore was everywhere, and was at its peak. This is the second instalment, so if this isn't enough for you (like John Peel isn't enough either), go check out RSR Recordings' Soundcloud channel for the other mixes.

I am a huge fan of the sound from that decade. DJ Protocol's mix contains the records I grew up listening to. I think I've mentioned it a billion times over the years, but as I'm from the Netherlands, UK Hardcore wasn't a huge thing. Hell, it wasn't a thing at all. This happy sound never reached Dutch shores, so when I found it by accident around 2002/2003, I got hooked on it, and I jumped in at the right time. The music was ace, and it got my attention rather quickly. And it turns out that this specific decade is loved, and cherished by many. Hurray for UK Hardcore and the Millennium years!

This mix has been on repeat for multiple hours now, and even yesterday, when I was at HQ, I was listening to this. And guess what? The journey home, which takes me on the M25 and M1, which took me 2 1/2 hours... guess what I listened to? Correct, this mix. This is a very nostalgia driven mix. If you grew up with a love for UK Hardcore, you love this era, this decade. It's just so awesome, and DJ Protocol has selected a few of the finest tracks he could find.

If you are missing a few records, check out the other mixes. Maybe they are in there?

  1. Aluna - All My Life (Breeze & Styles Remix)

  2. Breeze & Styles - Sonic

  3. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna - Fires In The Sky

  4. Uplift - Midnight Resistance

  5. Dougal & Gammer feat Jenna & MC Smiley - Ordinary People

  6. Scott Brown & Hyperbass - We're Dropping This

  7. Billy Bunter & Jon Doe feat Fay Hendry - Round & Round (Breeze & Styles Remix)

  8. Breeze & Styles - You're My Angel

  9. Breeze & UFO - Take Your Time

  10. Dougal & Gammer feat Stefan B - Fall From The Stars

  11. Scott Brown - Flow

  12. Dougal & Gammer - The 6th Gate

  13. Deejaybee & Overflow - Sunrise (Dougal & Gammer Mix)

  14. CLSM - John Peel (Not Enough)

  15. Stargazer - Ultimate High (Breeze & Styles Remix)

  16. Angel One - Hold Me Tonight (DJ Pontos Remix)

  17. Breeze & Styles - Electric

  18. Organ Donors - Blackout (King Ace Hardcore Mix)

  19. DJ The Crow meets Arne Lil - The Speed (DJ The Crow Mix)

  20. Breeze & Styles feat Karen Danzig - Heartbeatz

This is a seriously insane mix, with all the classics I adored when they were released. I remember nearly buying the whole Bonkers series based on my experience back in 2002/2003. I fell in love, but not with the earlier Bonkers, but with the Bonkers X, or if you can't read roman numerals, Bonkers 10. That's when my love just exploded and it cost me dearly. Cost me as in the money I've spent on getting UK Hardcore albums to the Netherlands.

I feel young again, hearing these songs. And I need something to boost my mood at the moment. I've been flat out working from 6:30am, and haven't had a proper break. Work is now consuming everything, and the only escapism I've got, is this mix. But it's a solid mix, and it does take me back to the noughties.

These are just the gems you need to hear. And we need to be reminded constantly how awesome the music used to be.

A fantastic mix by Protocol. And it's yet another amazing mix to add to my music collection on Soundcloud. I've not checked the other two mixes in this series, but I'm going to do that right now. And maybe, hopefully, a new instalment will be released soon? Only time will tell.

Best record? First one. Timeless classic. If this one doesn't generate some kind of feeling inside of your body/mind & soul, you aren't into UK Hardcore.

DJ: Protocol

Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Happy Hardcore

Mix Info: DJ Protocol - Sanctuary & Fastrack Hardcore Anthems Part 2

Length Mix: 01:33:13

Tracks: 20 (twenty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 85.6 MB

File Type: m4a

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 126kbps

Release Year: 2022

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